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Ben Bodna Award 2016

Applications for 2016 have now closed.

The Ben Bodna Award was established in the memory of Victoria’s first Public Advocate, Ben Bodna AM. Grants of up to $25,000 are available under the Award, in memory of Victoria’s first Public Advocate.

bodnaThis Award was made in the memory of Ben Bodna AM (1935 – 2008), a passionate supporter of the rights of people who were disadvantaged.  Through his work as a Probation Officer, Superintendent of a Youth Training Centre, head of the State Welfare Department, Victoria’s first Public Advocate, and supporter of many community organisations, Ben’s commitment to addressing issues of disadvantage never wavered.

Ben believed in the capacity of well supported communities to redress issues of social exclusion, and championed a wide range of causes relating to his interests in community and disadvantage.

2016 will be the final opportunity to apply for this Award.


Applications will be accepted from individuals working in the Victorian community sector. Applicants must reside in Victoria and intend to use the grant in Victoria.

Interested in applying?

Applications close Wednesday 1 June 2016, with advice to successful applicants by 30 July 2016.

Further information regarding key criteria, the process, and timeframe please contact Andrea Foreman at Andrea.Foreman@vcoss.org.au